This semester, I feel like I’m back in high school… And this is, well, probably because I am.
For our pre-internship semester, the English majors in the secondary program take our 5 classes at a local high school. We have our own room there, and our professors teach us a few classes, the principal teaches one about administration, and a consultant for the division teaches one about assessment. On top of our classes, we are encouraged to get involved in the school and with the students. We tutor EAL students each day as well, and this has been incredible.
I wish I would have been blogging more about this experience! It’s already February, and the weeks have flown by. The one thing about this experience is that it is incredibly time-consuming. Each morning we start at 8:30 in the morning, and two nights a week we go until 6:30 or 7 in the evening! On top of our bigger assignments, we are given several smaller assignments each day, pertaining to EAL planning, etc. This is a newer program – spending the semester in a school, and sometimes it feels a little chaotic or disorganized.
However, it has also been such a great learning experience. We take our classes together each day, and it has been nice to build strong relationships with the other 30 or so people in my program. We have been able to collaborate together on so many different assignments and it’s nice to all be in the same boat. It has also been awesome to build relationships with our professors on a level that most university students don’t have the opportunity to. We have been blessed with great professors that genuinely care about our success.
It is a different semester, but a good one. Busy, but worth it. Any opportunity to be in a school is an exciting one, and this program gives us authentic and genuine insight into the career we have each chosen. Though the workload is overwhelming at times, it is exhilarating to see the marriage of theory and practice each day.